South West Approaches

This is a 10 mile walk in a quieter part of the National Park. You may see or hear a wide range of moorland across moorland flora and fauna as you cross the wild moorland, valley and forest, with beautiful panoramic views across the Cheshire Plain to the Welsh hills. Starting from the Cat and Fiddle pub on the A537 Buxton to Macclesfield Road you will venture through Macclesfield Forest and conquer Shutlingsloe (Cheshire's Matterhorn).

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Starting Point: Cat & Fiddle public house (Ordnance Survey grid reference - SJ001719)
Distance: 8 miles / 12.8 km
Grade: Strenuous
Allow: 5 hours
Map: Explorer OL24 The Peak District - White Peak Area
Terrain: Variety of conditions underfoot with steep ascents, descents and many stiles to cross
Nearest Town: Wildboarclough
Walk Guide: Geoff Sumner - A Patrol Ranger based at Trentabank Briefing Centre since 2001. Lives in Buxton. Walked in Peak District for past 40 years, attracted as teenager by moorland walking especially Kinder Scout. Ran a Landrover tour hobby-business for three years called Peak Discovery.

Travel Information:A Saturday bus service calls at the Cat & Fiddle provided by Bowers (Number 58). Up to date timetable details from and Traveline 0870 608 2608.

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